The Dark Side
The Boy had a wonderful time.
CM and I survived.
I need to credit Tip Junkie, as I got most of the Jedi Training Camp ideas from her amazing blog.
The party started with the boys signing in to Jedi Camp and receiving their standard training uniform (brown felt cut like a poncho with a rope belt). They each received a sticker, I had 2 of each and use that to divide them into pairs later for training.... as any good pmac director knows, divide and conquer is the way to go.
We had "The Empire Strikes Back" on TV and playing throughout the speakers in our house.
The boys then came outside and were briefed on the training camp and activities and behavior expectations.
Then, in pairs, they practiced the different stations of the obstacle course.
Once everyone had practiced, they individually ran the course. The last station was one on one dueling with Darth. Once they completed it successfully, they received a darth rubber bracelet.
Then pizza, and a scavenger hunt for the cake and then presents.
We had 12 boys. 8 would have been a ideal number.
I had a whistle. Which proved to be invaluable.
I went inside to pay the pizza guy. When I came out, Darth Vader was backed into a corner by 12 boys chanting, "Kick him in the nuts!" When I asked why CM didn't tell them to knock it off, he said he didn't want to take the helmut off and confirm their suspicions that Darth was him.
Got to love a man who commits.
At one point I said something like, "I am the kind of person who won't give you cake if you don't calm down." This actually worked for a minute.
My camera was wacky, so I only got a few shots of The Boy and CM dueling. I am bummed I didn't get a picture of the 3 of us, as I was dressed too.. not quite Princess Leia, maybe her cousin.
I love this first one... notice the attacker from behind....
Here are a few more....
This is possibly what I want to do for my next birthday party. I really do wish there was a picture of you, though! I bet you looked WAY prettier than Carrie Fischer (your pictures attest to that)!
As crazy as this probably was, I will almost guarantee this to be so special to the Boy. He will one day realize how much planning and love went into this. You're the best mom!
Looks like tuns of fun!
I have my son's 2nd in 3 weeks.....
This will be a party that every one of those boys will remember forever.
Especially your boy.
Darnit, I wanted to see a pic of you going all cousin of Princess Leia...
Found you on Sits and am now going to keep reading
And I too, had visions of 'Parenthood', LOL!
i heart Tip Junkie...i was featured there today...wooot!!
Wanna come throw me a party? I wanting a "George Clooney pushing Bissel Vacuum thru my front room" kind of party;)
i bet darth was a little tired after battling the boys!
when my baby brother was young, he had a party and my (very asthmatic) aunt dressed up like spider man and surprised them...they tackled her in the bushes and were beating on her! she barely escaped before having a full blown asthma attack! eek!
i bet the boys had so much fun, and something they will always remember!
And the further evidence that you & I were separated at birth: I totally threaten little kids at my girls' birthday parties. I'm not afraid. Stinkin' brats...
Things for me to remember in 6 years: 8 boys max, whistle, threaten to withhold cake. Got it.
You have THE bravest husband EVER! Period!
your husband is quite the (storm) trooper!
that, my dear, is the extent of my Star Wars references...
And here I thought only my boys enjoyed the "kick him in the nuts" chant. I see, it must be universal.
Sounds like the party was a blast.
May the forse be with now that the party is over..
You are just too sweet.
Thanks for the birthday wishes!